2011 - Kara Stewart, Art in Photography
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July 27, 2011

This is a snapshot of the 'photo journal/diary of my year' variety and not of the 'wow, super photo!' variety - terrible with the shadow, dog hair on beetle's rear and all that.

However, that being said, I just had to share this. This beetle was on my front porch yesterday during the middle of a hot (hot) day. It was a quick little sucker, too! But the most amazing thing to me was the size - it was longer than my fingers, and no, I wasn't going to try to get my fingers near enough to it to show you perspective! But easily 3" long, maybe more.

I'd assume those 'eye spots' are to fool predators; ingenious nature is.

Can anyone identify what type of beetle this is? It was FAST, easily spooked (I followed it around the porch trying unsuccessfully to get better shots), out in the heat of the day in NC and B.I.G. Any entomologists care to bite (pun intended, har har har!)?